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Steven Abbate MD


Dr. Abbate was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic. After receiving his medical degree, he returned to Boston for his surgical training at the Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Abbate was a distinguished resident and was selected to serve as Chief of the Surgical Teaching Service after completion of his surgical training. While at MGH, under the mentoring of pioneering pancreatic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Warshaw, Dr. Abbate gained expertise in pancreatic, biliary, and complex gastrointestinal surgery.


In 2002, Dr. Abbate moved to San Antonio to serve in the United States Air Force. Dr. Abbate’s military career included a tour as a combat surgeon in Iraq. He received an honorable discharge in 2006.


In 2006, Dr. Abbate began surgical practice in San Antonio. In 2010, he merged his practice with the START Center for Cancer Care. His practice encompasses surgical oncology and general surgery with special interest in breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, gastroesophageal reflux and gallbladder disease. Dr. Abbate is trained on the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System and a high-volume provider of robotic surgery.


Dr. Abbate is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He serves on the Cancer Governance Board for the Methodist Healthcare System and the Governing Board for Foundation Surgical Hospital. Dr. Abbate is a participating member of the Methodist Breast Network, the Methodist GI Cancer Network, and the Baptist Breast Network.

Areas of Care

  • Pancreatic resections

  • Gastric resections

  • Mastectomy and breast conserving surgery for breast cancer

  • Gallbladder removal

  • Hernia repair – inguinal, incisional and umbilical

  • Hiatal hernia repair and anti-reflux surgery

  • Heller myotomy for achalasia

  • Thyroid and parathyroid removal

  • Mediport insertion for chemotherapy

  • Small intestine and colon resection for cancer

  • Colon resection for diverticulitis

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